Friday, 15 February 2013

Urban Decay Theodora Palette

Last weekend, I found the Urban Decay Oz The Great and Powerful palettes in stock at Sephora in France. These were retailing at €43 each, versus US$49 in the US and £35 in the UK. As I had 10% discount voucher, it worked out to be about S$64. They are not available in Singapore yet.

This is the Theodora palette, a character played by Mila Kunis in the upcoming Oz movie.

The sleek metal case is nicely slim, compact and easily portable, unlike the earlier Box of Shadows in their various incarnations. The movie name is in raised embossed lettering on the lid.

The lid flips out to almost 180 degrees and has a generously sized mirror under it.

Nestled inside are six eyeshadow pans, featuring eight brand new shades. It's always a plus when a brand comes up with new shades instead of recycling the same old bestsellers. I wish Urban Decay had included a new shade of the 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil, instead of Zero which has been in many previous sets. I think this is the third or fourth Zero that I own, and I'm not a fan of it.

The eyeshadow pans can be easily lifted out of the case. These are made in the USA while the eye pencil is made in Germany.

The palette leans heavily towards neutrals, with three matte/satin hues in the top row that are good for shading and as the base shade. The bottom row is more interesting with a rich shimmery deep brown, a metallic black and dirty gold, and a green duo.





The palette also comes with a Super-saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Theodora, a bright shiny cherry red, that is made in Germany. This is intensely pigmented so I applied a coat to my lower lip and then pressed my lips together to transfer the color to the upper lip for a more muted, smudged effect.

I love the striking red shade which lasted well over four hours of wear and has no distracting gritty shimmer or glitter particles. However, after a couple of hours, my lips started to feel dry. After removing it, my lips were parched and in sore need of lip balm.

Using Too Faced Shadow Insurance, I applied West along the upper lashline, Bewitch in the crease, the lighter half of Jealous at the inner corners and in the crease, the gold half of Spell along the lower lashline and in the middle of the upper lid, and Broken over the browbone area.

Aside from being easy to blend, the shades lasted well through nine hours of wear without creasing or fading. The lighter green shade in Jealous gives a lovely glowy effect. I was expecting some fallout from Spell but didn't notice any. There was some fallout from West though, but this was easily cleaned up.

Urban Decay has a gifted knack for producing eyeshadow palettes that pack in great value along with reliable quality. Despite the fact that I already have an arsenal of their palettes, I still could not resist purchasing Theodora, partly because the red lip pencil looked so enticing. The Super-saturated lip pencils usually retail for €18, while the eyeshadows are €17, the case is €17 and the full size eye pencil is €16. So the value of Theodora works out to be around €145 for a highly wearable set of colors. For more reviews of Theodora, do check out Xsparkage and Phyrra (also here).

Other products used: Coffret D'Or Silky Fit Liquid Foundation OC-B, Lunasol Under Eyes Base 01, Paul & Joe Highlighting Powder 002 and Cheek Color 08 Candy, Canmake Nobimori Mascara and Lower Lash Mascara, Addiction Eyeliner Pencil Sleepless NightsK-Palette Lasting 2Way Eyebrow


Moni said...

Lovely shades and swatches, I must say I prefer this over the Glinda palette and actually think of getting it.

Haru said...

hi there!
It's not as versatile as the Vice or 15h Anniversary palette, but still pretty good overall especially considering that the eyeshadows and lip pencil are all full size.

The Lacquered Lady said...

Very pretty! I just have so many neutrals that I will have to pass on this. It looks great on you though!

ashlyne said...

i think this look really suits u! i wanted to get the glinda palette but am resisting because too many eye shadows! >.<

Anna said...

You look gorgeous, Iris. I still have to get my paws on both palettes, I'm obsessed with the artwork!

Sonia said...

I just recently got this palette and I am loving it, the lip pencil looks absolutely beautiful on your lips! shame it's drying :( Haven't tried mine yet...
I also think they could have included a different color than black for the eye pencil but I am impressed with the quality of the shadows and gorgeous new shades here !

Su said...

I simply had to order this soon as I read this post. I'm a very warm neutrals kind of person. I tend to stick to Japanese brands for my greasy creasy eyelids (Lunasol, Shu Uemura etc) - have had disastrous effects with western brands like MAC, Revlon etc, the only exceptions being the superb formulation of YSL eyeshadows.
This is my first time with Urban Decay and I'm excited! ^^
The lip pencil looks perfect, too!

Haru said...

hi Su,
Hope the palette works well for you! Urban Decay has one of the best eyeshadow formulas amongst Western brands and is much more consistent than MAC.

hi Sonia,
I love the lip pencil shade, but will need to wear lip balm with it.

hi Anna,
Thanks! The artwork was definitely part of the appeal for me as well.

hi ashlyne,
Thank you! You have more willpower than me :-)

hi Lacquered Lady,
Thank you!